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Alexander Monto


Protector of the liver and San Francisco dad

Dr. Alexander Monto is a hepatologist and gastroenterologist who specializes in caring for patients with liver disease, liver cancer and viral hepatitis. He directs the liver clinic of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

Monto earned his medical degree from Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency in internal medicine at New York – Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital and, followed by his fellowship in gastroenterology at UCSF.

Monto has been involved with the national VA hepatitis C program since its 2001 inception, helping to organize many national conferences on hepatitis C and liver disease management. He has contributed to the VA's recommendations for managing hepatitis C, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Monto co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications related to liver disease. Most of these focused on how hepatitis C injures the liver and the influence of such factors as alcohol use, obesity, HIV and hepatitis C therapy on liver disease progression.

  • Education

    Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1995

  • Residencies

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1998

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Gastroenterology, 2001

  • Board Certifications

    Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Practicing medicine is such a privilege, and I never get tired of hearing people's stories and working to improve their health.